Avril Cook


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2015Paternity Cover for the Deputy Head of Electrics
Dick WhittingtonWatford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
2014 - 2015Lighting Technician, Designer and Tutor
ManyEast 15 Acting School
2009 - 2014Lighting Technician
manyEnglish National Opera
The London Coliseum
2008 - 2009Assistant/Resident Technician
manyGreenwich Theatre
Greenwich Theatre
2000 - 2006Usher/Bar Staff/Stage Door Keeper
manyLiverpool Theatre Trust
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres
2002 - 2006Box Office Manager
manyRawhide/Royal Court Ltd
Central Hall/Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool
  • Education

    2008Specialist Technical Graduate Certificate in Stage Electrics and Lighting DesignRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
    2000BA (Hons) Drama with Media & Popular Culture.University College Northampton

    Additional Skills

    Skills include:

    Technical Training


    Varilite VL1000 ERS Technical Maintenance Course – Nov 2011

    Varilite Maintenance Course – Jan 2011

    Moving Light Maintenance Course – July 2010

    Rainbow Scroller Training – April 2010


    Certified Varilite Technician (Series 3500 Luminaire Training) – Jan 2011

    Stage Electrics

    Portable Appliance Testing – Aug 2010

    City of Westminster College

    Just FX – Association of Stage Pyro-technicians – July 2010


    IPAF – Powered Access Licence – Aug 2010

    NARC – Harness Training – Nov 2010

    Safety Passport Training – April 2010

    WYSIWYG - lighting design, lighting plotting, rigging, circuiting and patching.

    Lighting desks - Strand, Vector and Express, Ion, Gio.

    Follow spot operation.

    Basic skills in sound include - rigging speakers, monitors and radio mics, basic knowledge of recording desks and editing.

    Small scale touring.

    Wardrobe - includes sewing, maintenance, dressing and make-up.

    Set building, construction and dressing.

    Stage Manager/ASM duties.

    Prop making and buying.


    Full clean driving licence

    Additional Information

    Lighting Designs include:

    East 15 Acting School. The Promise. Antigone. The Chairs (September 2015)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    East 15 Acting School. Cyrano (June 2015)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Tristan Bates Theatre. 3 Birds Alighting On A Field (May 2015)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Cockpit Theatre. Dona Rosita and Peer Gynt (February 2015)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Theatre 503, London. Cake & Congo (September 2013)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Riverside Studios, London. The Withered Arm (August 2011)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Questor’s Theatre, London. Return To The Forbidden Planet

    (November 2010)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    White Bear Theatre, London. ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (July 2009)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Brockley Jack Theatre, London. Nina & Shaz (April 2009)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Brockley Jack Theatre, London. Can You See me Yet? (June 2008)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Unity Theatre, Liverpool. Berserker Boys (February 2008)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Tabard Theatre, London. The Lonesome West (February 2008)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Immediate Theatre Company, London (August 2007)

    Position: Lighting Designer

    Camden People’s Theatre, London (July 2007)

    Position : Lighting Designer

    Other work:

    Royal Court Theatre, London

    (November 2007)

    Position: Lighting Crew (work placement)

    Brindley Theatre, Runcorn (February 2006)

    Position: Crew

    Everyman Theatre, Liverpool (January 2006)

    Position: Crew

    Unity Theatre (June 2001/June 2005)

    Position: Crew

    Collective Encounters Theatre Company, Liverpool,

    Position: Design Assistant/Crew

    Site Specific Piece – Anfield (September 2005)

    Everyman Youth Theatre, Liverpool (Dec 2002-Feb 2003)

    Position: Prop/Set & Costume

    Base Chorus Theatre Company, Unity Theatre,

    Position: Sound Assistant/Crew

    Liverpool (April 2002)

    Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool (March 2002)

    Position: Sound Assistant/Crew

    Mersey Television, , Liverpool (March 2001)

    Position: Production Runner/Design Assistant

    Jawi Collective Theatre Company, Northampton –

    Position: Stage Manager/ASM,

    Tour of Northants area (August 1999 – October 1999) Set Building/Crew

    Neptune Theatre, Liverpool (December 1996)

    Position: Crew



    Richmond Rudd

    Head of Electrics

    Watford Palace Theatre

    20 Clarendon Road



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    Harry Bowerman

    Technical Director

    East 15 Acting School

    Hatfields Campus

    Rectory Lane



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    About me

    I graduated from RADA from the Specialist Technical Graduate Certificate in Stage Electrics and Lighting Design in December 2007. I then worked at Greenwich Theatre as an Assistant Technician until September 2009. I then went to work as a Lighting Technician at ENO until November 2014. From there I went to work at East 15 Acting School as a Lighting Technician and Designer until September 2015. I am currently freelancing as a Lighting Technician. I have experience of working within a busy theatre lighting department in a repertory producing house. I have skills in rigging, focusing and follow spotting, running a wing during a show and writing up the wing plot.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Organisation Memberships
    • BECTU (UK)
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • Cross Cultural Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Ballet
    • Circus
    • Comedy
    • Dance
    • Devised
    • Drama
    • Fringe
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Opera
    • Pantomime
    • Showcase
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • European Tour
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes (within last 12 months)
    Driving Licences
    • Standard